Definition of Telehealth
Telehealth allows providers to deliver health and human services to rural areas using a range of
Health Resources and Services Administration defines
“The use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote
long-distance clinical healthcare, patient and professional health-related education, public health
and health administration.”
The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center's Center
for Connected Health Policy uses a similar
“A collection of means or methods for enhancing healthcare, public health and health education
delivery and support using telecommunications technologies.”
Though the terms “telehealth” and “telemedicine” are often used interchangeably, the
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology identifies some key
differences. While telehealth can be used to deliver a broad range of medical care, education,
and public health services, telemedicine typically focuses on exchanging medical information and
providing diagnosis and treatment. The regional Telehealth Resource Centers
provide additional clarify about a framework
for defining telehealth.
RHIhub's Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare topic guide provides a
comprehensive overview and frequently asked questions about telehealth.
Resources to Learn More
What is Telehealth?
Provides a general overview of telehealth and serves as a national telehealth policy resource center.
Organization(s): Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy
Defines telehealth and describes the technologies and applications used to deliver healthcare services.
Links to key federal telehealth resources.
Organization(s): Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology